Delve into our Cajun mystique, the interesting expressions and unique cultural heritage that makes us the 'Most Cajun Place on Earth' as well as world-famous cooking! There's plenty of great restaurants to showcase it. Our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico means we have an abundance of fresh seafood, a variety of wildlife and adventures to explore it all. Come for a visit, your place at the table is ready! Over 150 years in the making, Vermilion Parish is a multicultural blend steeped in history with a dash of 'joie de vivre' or, love of life, finishing the mix. This bilingual, coastal parish is very large and diverse with wandering bayous and farmlands, authentic local cuisine, family-friendly festivals and Cajun towns connecting it all. We invite you to begin your visit at the Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission office located at 1905 Veterans Memorial Drive (Hwy. 14 By-pass) in Abbeville. Located just minutes south of Lafayette and west of New Iberia, Vermilion Parish is easily accessible from I-10 via Hwy. 26, Hwy. 13, I-49/Hwy. 167 and Hwy. 90. All of these highways connect to Hwy. 14 which runs through our parish. You may also travel to Vermilion Parish from Texas via Hwy. 82. This is a scenic drive along our back roads where you can view nature and our wildlife. Bring your binoculars and be on the lookout for alligators along the way! We use the term "town" loosely to describe everything from cities of 11,000 to small, crossroad communities. The communities of Delcambre, Erath, Abbeville, Kaplan and Gueydan are linked by the Cajun Corridor that crosses the parish to reveal quaint towns, cattle, rice and sugarcane farms, waterfowl, tree lined bayous, museums, great eating establishments and much more. Travel along this nationally recognized gateway of Cajun culture at your own pace, but please schedule a couple of days. As you travel along Hwy. 82 to the southern part of our parish, you'll encounter fresh and saltwater marshes, some of the best birding in America, alligators and other wildlife mixed in with small communities along the way. Vermilion is one of the state's largest and most diverse parishes revealing gulf waters to open prairies and hardwood bottom swamps plus just about everything in between. We're 1,174 square miles of mostly habitable land. Pretty good news though. No pirogues required. And, those red tops sticking up from acres of water? Crawfish traps, of course. Louisiana is a nature lover's haven, so bring your binoculars and camera. You're in for a treat since this area is part of the America's WETLAND Birding Trail. America's WETLAND is a cooperative venture between Louisiana's Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, the America's WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana, Shell Oil Company, local leaders and their tourism bureaus, that promotes communities, attractions, events and activities within Louisiana's coastal zone around a brand of experiential travel and adventure called "Eco-Cultural Tourism". You can find a wealth of additional Eco-Cultural resources along the Jean Lafitte Scenic Byway. Take a drive along this byway as it winds its way through the southern part of the parish, where you'll see farms, marshes as well as other native birds, alligators, deer and nutria. See first hand how things are grown and produced and experience nature at its finest. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) provides a two-mile birding and nature trail at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WLWCA) located 7.4 miles south of Gueydan at the end of Hwy. 91. in Vermilion Parish. The trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset and there is no fee or permit required for visitors. Visitor parking spaces are located at the entrance to White Lake WCA, The trail area includes a covered pavilion with tables, two educational kiosks with information on the trail and the species of plants and animals in and around the WCA, and an observation tower located at the southeast corner of the trail. For more information on WLWCA, call 337-536-9400.
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